Did You Clear Your Desk Today?
Did you know that January 13, 2020 is National Clear Your Desk Day? I think it's a fantastic opportunity to clear off and clean your desk from all of the paper piles of 2019 as we start a fresh new year. Not to mention the dust and germs that probably staked claim of nooks and crannies you likely don't even pay any attention to when you're busy in your office.
With that said, I don't necessarily agree that there should only be one day a year we declare, clear your desk day. I'd say one day per month would serve us all much better. If you are anything like me, you think with more clarity and are way more productive when you have a clean work space.
If you are having a hard time prioritizing time to do this then you should consider the mental stimulation your brain is weeding through when you continually add to piles of paper on your desk or leave scribbled on post-its stuck to surfaces around your computer. Our brains have enough to manage on a daily basis, why overload them with stuff that can be avoided? The return on investment for time you set aside to keep an organized work space is undeniable.
If done regularly, clearing your desk doesn't have to be a colossal undertaking. With a few short minutes devoted to putting things away at the end of each workday, you can arrive to a clear desk to start each new day. With a thorough 30 minute filing session each Friday, you'll be able to stay on top of where everything is in your office and spend much less time on the hunt. With a good clean once per month you'll wash away any germs that are trying their best to keep you from being the most healthy, productive YOU.
Hopefully, this brief time-lapse video of me clearing my desk inspires you to do the same today. If not today, at least schedule a time soon to do it! If you've let your desk and office go far too long and don't know where to start, you can schedule a complimentary exploratory meeting with me to discuss how I can help you get organized and ready for some serious productivity in 2020!
CLARITY CO., LLC Project: Office Transformation
Happy Clear Your Desk Day,
Carrie Downey, MSW, MPA
Carrie Downey of Clarity Co., LLC is a professional organizer and productivity coach in Lexington, KY who is ready to help you create Clarity in your office, digital world or life. Visit clarityco.org or call 859-535-0718 to get started with a complementary exploratory call. Clarity Co. offers virtual organizing sessions and productivity coaching for those outside the Lexington area.